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Submitted by Pozzle 1314d ago | opinion piece

Why Roger Ebert Was Wrong – Video Games Can Be Art

WC writes: Everyone ready for a self-indulgent rant? Because I bought this soapbox in from the car, and they only let you hire out these megaphones for the day. So, ready? Excellent. Testing. Testing. Is this coming across self-righteous enough up the back there? Can you hear me being all judgemental? Okay. Here goes. (Flower, L.A. Noire, PC, PS3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Last Of Us, Xbox 360)

TukkerIntensity  +   1314d ago
Roger Ebert is really going to lose face over these comments.
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TheTimeDoctor  +   1314d ago
well said! he's like a freakin mr potato head!
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jeseth  +   1313d ago
Its "Video Games can be art" .... its "Video Games have been art since the beginning".

Video Games are one of the best mediums for both entertainment and artistic expression over the last 25 years especially. Just consider how much imagination and ceativity has gone into teh greatest gaming moments of our lives!

Roger Ebert is a turd. He doesn't even know a good movie when he sees one ... I'd trust a 10 year old on a video gaming opinion over him!
Gaming101  +   1313d ago
Videogames entail several art forms - storytelling, sound design, music, graphics design, gameplay design, all art forms in their own right.
It is the luddites who are out of touch, who have never played videogames who demonize them, degrade them, and degrade those who play them.
RXL  +   1314d ago
Dead > horse
guitarded77  +   1314d ago
No poop... this is based on comments from over two years ago.
RXL  +   1313d ago
hey!...watch your language...there's children present!
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guitarded77  +   1313d ago
@ RXL

I have to watch my language... I lost 3 bubbles for cussing. Mods take that poop seriously around here. Well, actually 2 for cussing and 1 for cussing and talking poop about a particular big gaming site. Plus the word poop is just fun to say... especially if you say it twice in a row.
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RXL  +   1313d ago
iv gotten poop for my language as well..i feel your pooping pain brother..

poop poop
SeekDev  +   1314d ago
To each his own. If Roger doesn't think games are art, that's his loss. However, the only reason I'd want him to change his mind is because many movie watchers trust his word. I'd hate to see his views on gaming spread to anyone else. It's rather insulting to games to think they they can't compete in the same league as movies and music. Games are as much an expression of the developer as music is for the artist. Developer == Artist.
glennco  +   1313d ago
not to each his own at all. if you are going to make comments like this you had better played some games to back it up. the guy hasnt played any games. like the author said... "if someone hadn’t seen Citizen Kane it would be okay for them to arbitrarily bin it as a dreary, pretentious, ill-lit bore – an undergraduate mess where people draw lines on their faces to indicate that they have aged."

at least research if you are going to open your mouth and behave like an authority on a subject (not you SeekDev but Ebert)
SeekDev  +   1313d ago
That's true. He really should try the wonderful games he's bashing. He should watch Indie Game: The Movie, if he hasn't already, that might open his eyes.
SpinalRemains138  +   1314d ago
Can't trust anyone who puts more stock into their opinion on everything rather than noticing they need to eat some carrots and do a sit up.

From Glen Beck to Roger Ebert; all the fatties seem to have an opinion about everything, and in their mind's, they're never wrong. Am I right?
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TheTimeDoctor  +   1314d ago
you're completely right. tough taking a guy seriously that looks like a Picasso painting.
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QuodEratDemonstrandm  +   1314d ago
Video games are really just like any other medium. They can be art, but that doesn't mean they are. Most of them are entertainment.
That's not necessarily a bad thing. There is some great entertainment in books, movies, music, and video games. Art and entertainment are just two different things.
Books: 1984, The Great Gatsby, LOTR = art. Necroscope, Harry Potter, Twilight = entertainment.
Movies: American Beauty, The Godfather, Pulp Fiction = art. Anything directed by Michael Bay = entertainment.
Music: Supergrass, Nine Inch Nails, Lacuna Coil = art. Most top 40 radio = entertainment. Tool and Lady Gaga = pretentious nonsense.
Video games: MGS, Journey, Limbo = art. CoD, GTA, Assassin's Creed = entertainment. Duke Nukem, Blackwater = crap.
KingItachi  +   1313d ago
Why is Ebert still getting attention.
bothebo  +   1313d ago
Define art.
ALLWRONG  +   1313d ago
Most gamers do not care about what Roger Ebert has to say about video games. Roger Ebert is one of the first gaming trolls.
ShaunCameron  +   1312d ago
Actually the industry does care about what Roger Ebert has to say. Much of this generation was spent on trying to create that cinematic experience in hope that they could get an Academy Award nomination.
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